CMRI Events & Symposiums


The Center for Municipal Research & Innovation holds two research symposiums per year, one in conjunction with the League's annual conference in August and one in conjunction with the legislative conference in November. These symposiums bring together public administrators, elected officials and the academic community. Each symposium focuses on specific local government issues, and how research, statistics and trends can be used in the local government setting.

Disruptive Technology: Impacts on Local Government
7th Annual Summer Research Symposium

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
The Diplomat Beach Resort | Hollywood 

New technologies are rapidly replacing established methods of service delivery and municipal governance. Join us as we discuss local and nationwide trends, dive deep into the issue of home-sharing and short-term rentals, present options and tools cities can use to work with disruptive technology companies, and explore the effects – both positive and negative – these technologies are having on our communities. 

This research symposium is designed for city managers, innovation officers, municipal attorneys and elected leaders to better understand and cope with the impacts disruptive technologies have on municipal government.


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Nationwide Trends

Speaker: Alex Jones, Manager, Local Democracy Initiative, National League of Cities

Topic: Discussion of state legislature preemptions to local government regulations across all disruptive technology categories (ride-sharing, bike-sharing, short-term vacation rentals, 5G)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Local Government Perspective
Panelists: Kyle Shephard, Chief Assistant City Attorney, City of Orlando; Lee Feldman, City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale; Cookie Kennedy, Mayor, City of Indian Rocks Beach

Topic: Panel discussion with municipal officials regarding short-term vacation rental effects and solutions; policies implemented

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Industry Representative Perspective

Speakers: John Spencer, CEO & Founder, STR Helper and Ulrik Binzer, CEO & Founder, Host Compliance

Topic: What’s going on nationally in short-term vacation rental; steps other states have taken; Florida data and statistics; solutions/tools

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Research Institute Perspective

Speakers: Brumby McLeod, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Charleston, School of Business, Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Research Fellow with the Riley Center and Office of Tourism Analysis, and Jennifer Connolly, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Miami

Topic: What does the research say; long-term effects of short-term vacation rentals on communities; effects of availability/regulation of tech such as Uber and Airbnb on tourism

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Break

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Luncheon and Keynote Address 
Speaker: Andrew L. Kalloch, Americas Policy Manager, Airbnb

The symposium is a free event for League members and research partners, but pre-registration is required. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The registration deadline is Wednesday, August 8. 

Download Registration Form | View Event Flyer

Return completed forms to FLC Research Analyst Liane Schrader at For more information on the symposium, contact Liane at 850.222.9684. 

Presentations from previous symposiums are available to the right.


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